I hate Superman.
Really, I hate him. I think he is the dullest, most vanilla, most white-bread character ever. So, for the rest of this blog entry, I shall refer to him as Captain Wonderbread.
I recently said to a friend of mine that it is very hard to pull off a character who is pure evil and still make them interesting. It is even harder to do that with a character who is pure good. Captain Wonderbread is a character who is pure good. He always does the right thing, and never has any doubts or uncertainties. I know he's an alien, but he should still be "human" and he is not. Captain Wonderbread is even more "perfect" than Jesus Christ.
Captain Wonderbread is too powerful. Too invulnerable. Only a special, rare green rock can hurt him. He is strong enough to move planets, he is fast enough to fly at the speed of light. There isn't anything he can't do. Nothing can stop him.
I like my heroes to have character flaws. I like my heroes to take their lives into their own hands when they go out to help others. Captain Wonderbread has and does neither of these things. The most suspense you get out of a Captain Wonderbread story, is "will he get to Lois in time to save her life" and in the Richard Donner movie, when he doesn't, it doesn't matter because he turns back the Earth's rotation to turn back time and saves her anyway.
If a hero is only as good as his villains, then Captain Wonderbread is still a weak character. I've mentioned my dislike for Lex Luthor in previous posts. He's another character I loathe. And while I did like the Bruce Timm/Alan Burnett Superman animated series, it didn't get good until they stole Darkseid (who is not even a Captain Wonderbread villain) and inserted him into the rogues' gallery for their show.
Now, I hear they are making Captain Wonderbread a bit of an asshole in the DC reboot they're doing. Apparently, he'll only care about his Kryptonian heritage and won't care at all about Earth. You know what? GOOD! That gives him some place to start and some place to take him. It gives him an opportunity for real character development. I don't intend to read it, but it sounds interesting. It gives the character layers, which can only be a good thing.
And now, bring on the disagreements! ;)